Speaker Bio

Scott McArthur (NEW)

Scott offers an unusual mix of experience, having worked as a research scientist, HR director, business consultant, rock musical producer, writer and keynote speaker. His delivery style, which he has developed across the sectors in over 20 years, is humorous, well-crafted, inspiring and direct.

Holding an undergraduate degree in Biology & Psychology and a Masters degree in Psychology & Business, Scott has published in a wide range of disciplines from pioneering microscopy techniques and disease detection to leadership development, organisational psychology, human resources, change management, digital technology and rock music. Scott is an advocate of narrowing the “knowing-doing gap” between academic rigor and business application.

In the past 15 years, Scott has consulted in a range of industries in Europe, North America and Asia. He has worked with many national and international organisations including government bodies (UK Ministry of Defence), major retailers (eg. M&S ,Sainsbury’s), IT firms (eg. Atos, Capgemini), global organisations (eg. PwC, Swiss Re, Valspar) and Olympic organisations (eg. UK Olympic Authority and the British Olympic Bobsleigh Team). Scott currently mentors industry leaders in these industries.

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Scott’s focus is on inspiring people to change. He achieves this via a suite of development programmes that utilise well-honed channels such as arts, sciences and economics, as well as pioneering concepts such as game theory and behavioural economics.

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Making the Artificial Intelligent - Keynote

In this keynote scott will begin by taking the audience back to first principles to help them reframe what AI means and what may be possible. He does this from the perspective of a scientist and so demonstrate the challenges in development of AI.

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Making the Artificial Intelligent - Keynote

A keynote is a speech or presentation that establishes the main underlying theme of a conference or event, usually to a large audience, this keynote can be delivered in 20, 40 or 60 minutes.

In this keynote I begin by taking the audience back to first principles to help them reframe what AI means and what may be possible. I do this from the perspective of a scientist and so demonstrate the challenges faced by technologists currently making bold claims related to the possibilities and timeframes for the development of AI. A picture of AI and its future applications is then presented that is positive and based on some of the nuanced and mysterious factors that makes real humans intelligent. The talk ends by considering the idea of "combinational creativity" which I believe has yet to be fully appreciated in our industries generally nor in the field of AI specifically.

Added March 2017.

Why facts don’t change people – the big challenge with transformation

Scott will begin by demonstrating just how difficult change is (at a personal and corporate level) and provide some clues and practical solutions on what can be done to change this situation.

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Why facts don’t change people – the big challenge with transformation

Overview:

When you are embarking on a transformation project or implementing a new IT system it is critically important that you are aware of the challenges you will face in achieving the outcomes you wish to achieve. In this workshop Scott will begin by demonstrating just how difficult change is (at a personal and corporate level) and go on to explain why and to provide some clues and practical solutions on what can be done to change this situation. Rather than delving into the “classic” change management approach, he provides attendees with a unique blend of tools and techniques drawn from both sciences and the arts.

Keypoints:

  • What makes a successful transformation project and what does not
  • The reasons for this failure – how to spot “black swans”
  • The psychology behind project success – “the backfire effect”
  • The power of “combinatorial creativity”
  • An introduction to “evidence based transformation”
  • An enjoyable, interactive and often surprising look at new thinking in personal and organisational transformation

Outcomes:

  • Know what to focus on in order to increase the chances of your transformation programmes being a success
  • Ability to helping your IT providers with their USP and so drive value for your programme
  • A “BS detector”

Added February 2017.

Why facts don’t change people – the big challenge with transformation

Scott will begin by demonstrating just how difficult change is (at a personal and corporate level) and provide some clues and practical solutions on what can be done to change this situation.

Read more

Why facts don’t change people – the big challenge with transformation

Overview:

When you are embarking on a transformation project or implementing a new IT system it is critically important that you are aware of the challenges you will face in achieving the outcomes you wish to achieve. In this workshop Scott will begin by demonstrating just how difficult change is (at a personal and corporate level) and go on to explain why and to provide some clues and practical solutions on what can be done to change this situation. Rather than delving into the “classic” change management approach, he provides attendees with a unique blend of tools and techniques drawn from both sciences and the arts.

Keypoints:

  • What makes a successful transformation project and what does not
  • The reasons for this failure – how to spot “black swans”
  • The psychology behind project success – “the backfire effect”
  • The power of “combinatorial creativity”
  • An introduction to “evidence based transformation”
  • An enjoyable, interactive and often surprising look at new thinking in personal and organisational transformation

Outcomes:

  • Know what to focus on in order to increase the chances of your transformation programmes being a success
  • Ability to helping your IT providers with their USP and so drive value for your programme
  • A “BS detector”

Added February 2017.

Making the Artificial Intelligent - Keynote

In this keynote scott will begin by taking the audience back to first principles to help them reframe what AI means and what may be possible. He does this from the perspective of a scientist and so demonstrate the challenges in development of AI.

Read more

Making the Artificial Intelligent - Keynote

A keynote is a speech or presentation that establishes the main underlying theme of a conference or event, usually to a large audience, this keynote can be delivered in 20, 40 or 60 minutes.

In this keynote I begin by taking the audience back to first principles to help them reframe what AI means and what may be possible. I do this from the perspective of a scientist and so demonstrate the challenges faced by technologists currently making bold claims related to the possibilities and timeframes for the development of AI. A picture of AI and its future applications is then presented that is positive and based on some of the nuanced and mysterious factors that makes real humans intelligent. The talk ends by considering the idea of "combinational creativity" which I believe has yet to be fully appreciated in our industries generally nor in the field of AI specifically.

Added March 2017.

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